Calling All Indies

Are you an Indie author?

Do you write science fiction or fantasy?

Do you want to expand your audience of readers?

D.J. Gelner and I are creating an anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories for release this spring.

The idea is that some of his readers will become my readers. And some of my readers will become his readers.

And some of our readers will become your readers!


D.J. writes powerful, dramatic stories with “gotcha” kickers at the end. I write epic fantasy in which the stakes are high and my protag’s personal world is reshaped whether victory or defeat transpires.

I know my fellow Indies create some pretty amazing stuff, too!

Here’s a summary of our anthology project:

Genre: science fiction and fantasy

Theme: zoo

Use this as a writing prompt – your story doesn’t have to be set in a zoo or even to have to do with animals. Think of “zoo” as a springboard to get you started, not as a rigid limit. We welcome extremely creative submissions!

Wild Creatures

Number of Stories: We’re shooting for 10-15, but we are flexible. We will not omit a story, if we think it fits – if your story doesn’t, we encourage you to indie publish it!

Word Count: up to 9,000 words per story

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2014


I’m really excited about this project, and I hope you will be, too!

Email us at zooSFFanthology (at) gmail (dot) com for more information.

D.J. and I look forward to hearing from you!

Update: January 31 has come and gone, and D.J. and I have received an in-box full of great stories! As I write this note, we’re reading and enjoying. Soon we’ll begin chosing exactly which stories to include in the anthology. I’ll keep you posted – with more updates – as we make progress. 😀

Update 2: Quantum Zoo released June 14, 2014 with a great splash! Many, many readers bought it and the positive reviews started pouring in. A common theme in those reviews: “I don’t usually like short story collections, but this one is great!” The anthology continues to sell steadily, carrying the names of the contributing writers to ever more readers. It’s done better than I believed was possible. After all, this whole project was an experiment. I’m calling it a success.


For more about Quantum Zoo:
Pin Board for Quantum Zoo
Quantum Zoo: “A King in Exile”
Launch Day: Quantum Zoo
Quantum Zoo: “Skipdrive”
Quantum Zoo Party!
Quantum Zoo: “Demon Rising”
Quantum Zoo in Paperback!